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Video Interview: Catherine Coulter Talks Suspense, Romance And Her New Novel!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Catherine Coulter's latest tale of suspense, Split Second, hits shelves today. Now you can go behind the scenes of her newest story with this video interview. The author chats with RT's Morgan Doremus about transitioning from writing historical romance to suspense — a choice she made on a whim — and why she enjoys crafting these mysteries. And her romance fans will be thrilled to learn that she will also be returning to her roots this November with her upcoming novel, The Prince of Ravenscar.

Catherine Coulter On Writing Stories Of Romance And Suspense >>

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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Kelley Armstrong's Popular Women Of The Otherworld Series To End?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Will book No. 13 turn out to be the end of the road for Kelley Armstrong’s popular Women of the Otherworld series? Yes, according to the industry publication Publisher’s Lunch, which announced the end of the series in today’s newsletter. The news brief also said that the final book in the series will be called 13. OK, Armstrong fans, how do you feel about this news and what do you want to see in the last book? Post below!


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Sophie Littlefield Invites Readers Inside Her Aftertime Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

We raved about Sophie Littlefield's new series starter, Aftertime, back in March when the book hit shelves. The post-apocalyptic story about a mother named Cass who is trying to get back to her daughter Ruthie won that month's Seal of Excellence and had the RT editors singing its praises with such endorsements as, "Reading Aftertime will make you realize how lucky you are to have running water, fresh food, a job, friends and no flesh-eating zombies trying to kill you outside the door...This is one you’ll be sad to finish, but luckily a sequel is coming out ..."

We are overjoyed that the series second, Rebirth, is out now so everyone can get more of this terrifying world full of cannibalistic zombies called Beaters, intricate conspiracies and dangerous characters with dark pasts. But be warned, just like Aftertime left readers wanting more, Rebirth will have you asking when you can get your hands on more of this series. 

Thankfully Sophie Littlefield is not leaving us out in the cold. The author has made a series of extras available for Aftertime fans.


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Video Interview: Meg Cabot

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Meg Cabot became a household name with the success of her Princess Diaries series. However this prolific author writes for an audience of ages "eight to eighty," says Cabot, with different series across the genres such as her Allie Finkle series for pre-teens, and her paranormal series for adults. This month Cabot is continuing that series with Overbite, the follow-up to last summer's popular Insatiable. Today the author chats with RT's Morgan Doremus about her writing style, shares a special look at her demon hunting heroine, Meena, and talks about the challenges Meena faces dating a vampire. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of all that's going on in the author's world in this hilarious video interview.

Meg Cabot On Her Artistic Voice And Latest Series! >>

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Video Interview: Carrie Vaughn Talks About Her Kitty Series And Beyond!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Urban Fantasy author Carrie Vaughn is best known for her popular Kitty series. The latest series installment is book nine, Kitty's Big Trouble, an RT Top Pick that hit stores last week. Today get a behind the scenes look at the Kitty series, find out what to expect from August's Kitty's Greatest Hits, and learn about Vaughn's other project that is making waves, After the Golden Age, when RT's Morgan Doremus interviews Carrie Vaughn.

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Online Auction to Help Raise Money for L.A. Banks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

As many of you may know, beloved author Leslie (L.A.) Banks is gravely ill and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for late-stage adrenal cancer and her prognosis is not good. To add to this tragic situation she does not have health insurance. Ironically in March 2010 she pleaded her case at a healthcare reform rally in Glenside, Penn., where she was selected to introduce President Obama but not before telling her story as a single mom with a daughter in college who was faced with the dilemma of choosing between insuring her daughter or herself. Her prophetic words are haunting. (See her speech here.)


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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Carolyn Jewel Asks "Immortal Means Forever, Right?"

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Paranormal author Carolyn Jewel's detailed supernatural worlds and sizzling romances have made her a fan favorite. This month she is thrilling readers with My Dangerous Pleasurethe latest installment that follows the war between Magekind and the Fiends in her My Immortals series. Today the author stops by to tell us what she loves about paranormal romance. 

In the My Immortals series I write for Grand Central's Forever line, I’ve built a world with more than one type of immortal and paranormal creature. Some of them are fiends, a species of demon whose very nature is magical. They are not human and, unless someone happens to know or discover a vulnerability, they don’t die. 

Humans, on the other hand, can be “vanilla” (unable to use magic) or one of the magekind. A mage is a human who can do magic. Some of them have even learned how to prolong their lives through the ritual murder of a fiend. It’s not quite immortality, but it’s as close as they can get to it.  

I chose this framework because it gave me a world where enemies would naturally distrust and fear each other, but where neither side is entirely right or wrong. That’s a lot like the real world. Anything else, I felt, risked making events in the stories seem shallow or trite. A bad guy is far scarier and much more interesting if he’s more than just evil. His actions should make sense.  

In fiction, immortal beings are rarely just un-dying. (Sing Happy Birthday to Grandpa, he's 10,981 today! Louder, kids, he can't hear you!) These beings also tend to possess extraordinary abilities. And, typically, they are immortal at peak physical condition, too. They don't look like your grandmother might at 11,000. In paranormal romance, the male creatures tend to look like Adrian Paul in “The Highlander”. 


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Go Behind The Scenes of Black Heart Loa With Adrian Phoenix

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we get an insider's look at Adrian Phoenix's Black Heart Loa with this mini-interview about the author's urban fantasy series. And then be sure to check out the first posting in Adrian Phoenix's Chapter Hunt to get an exclusive look at the first chapter of Black Heart Loa as it is released in four segments over the course of this week!

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Black Heart Loa is a sequel to Black Dust Mambo. For readers new to the series, can you give us a three sentence wrap-up of "the story so far"?

You bet! In Black Dust Mambo, After unraveling the mystery behind her family history, a mystery that had drawn the deadly attention of the infamous Doctor Heron and nearly cost Kallie her life and her soul, she ended the root doctor's life with the help of sexy nomad (and winner of the carnival's wet boxers contest) Layne Valin, Kallie believed her family was safe at last. But before Kallie could catch a breath or even spend a little time in Layne's arms, she discovered that her bayou pirate cousin and his dog were missing and realized that Doctor Heron's dark revenge hadn't died with him. Now, there is nothing Kallie won't do to find her cousin and bring him home again.


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Sneak Peek: Seduce Me In Flames By Jacquelyn Frank

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first lookSeduce Me In Flames, the second in Jacquelyn Frank's futuristic series. Read on to get a behind the scenes look at the Extreme Tactics Force and their mission directly from the author. 

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Seduce Me in Flames brings us back to the adventures of the Interplanetary Militia in the Three Worlds universe. The Three worlds have seen some pretty interesting things, mostly centering around the vast political and cultural differences that tend to occur from one inhabited planet to the next. The IM polices these aliens, making sure they all play nice in the name of keeping the peace and seeing that everyone leads a reasonably happy existence. But where there are rules there are those who get very good at getting away with breaking them.


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The Librarian's Quest with Robyn Bachar

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Robyn Bachar invites readers behind the scenes for an up-close look at the paranormal world of her two most recent e-books.

When I began building the supernatural world of The Importance of Being Emily and Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, there were a few must-have details that I wanted. First, it was important to me to not have any “accidental” vampires. If a magician wants to live forever, she’s going to have to study her butt off, put in years of training, and run the risk of the transformation not working at all. Second, I wanted to include a wide variety of paranormal creatures and magic users. Witches, shapeshifters, faeries, sorcerers, seers, librarians—

Yes, librarians. Magic librarians. Even vampire librarians.


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